Leslie  Szasz

Leslie Szasz

He/Him/His

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Licensed Independent Social Worker, LISW
Ohio Not Accepting Online
Idaho Accepting Online
Updated November 14, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual harassment & assault
  • Mood disorders

Professional statement

I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker who has certification in EMDR and Trauma Focused CBT. I specialize in treating PTSD, depression, anxiety and eating disorders. I have extensive training and experience with crisis management, particularly, as it relates to suicidal ideations or behaviors. I received formal training in crisis management as a Special Agent in the FBI. I was the Employee Assistance Program Coordinator for the Cincinnati Division of the FBI. In this capacity, I responded to critical incidents to provide Critical Incident Stress Debriefings. I am now in private practice and enjoy the opportunity to help clients.

I use Client Centered Therapy to engage with clients. This type of therapy involves the therapist viewing any problem or situation from the client’s perspective. My form of therapy is highly collaborative. I ask my clients to draft their own treatment plan in terms of goals and objectives and then render my professional input.

I chose counseling as a second career after 31 years as a FBI agent because I had a counseling role in the FBI and quickly learned that counseling is my passion and forte. I feel privileged to be therapist. I firmly believe in the benefits of therapy. I get tremendous satisfaction in seeing clients effect positive change through the therapeutic process.


Message to clients

There is a concept in therapy known as “sacred trust.” It is the idea that when a client reveals and shares their innermost fears, thoughts and feelings there is a sacred trust which develops between the therapist and the client. For a therapist to violate that trust is one of the worst breaches of ethics which could be committed.

It takes time to develop that level of trust. I try to be very aware clients might be reticent to share their concerns until they feel safe. I do my best to create a safe environment for my clients in which they know that what they share is protected. I am a highly sensitive person who has benefited from therapy. I know what it feels like to be in a client’s chair. I have that kind of relationship with my therapist. I want my clients to feel the same way.

I love what I do. Obviously, I need to be paid for my services for my own survival, but money is not what motivates me. What motivates me is the satisfaction that I get from seeing my clients grow and develop. Clients do almost of the work in therapy. I am there to offer suggestions, make observations, but most of all, to be an encourager who is consistent, steadfast and reliable. My forte is not so much my knowledge of therapeutic intervention; it is the level of my caring.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Sexual harassment & assault - Caring support along the pathway to safety, wellbeing, and healing for survivors of sexual abuse and assault

Mood disorders - Clinical depression, persistent depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders that cause disturbances in the client's mood, causing mood swings, restless sleep, and/or elevated mood




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • Medicare
  • OhioHealthy
  • Optum
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $140 (60min)
  • Initial Diagnostic Assessment: $150 (60min)

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Ohio)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time)
  • Tue 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time)
  • Wed 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time)
  • Thu 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time)
  • Fri office closed
  • Sat 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time)
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Online Sessions (Idaho)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education


Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Intnational Association, Certified EMDR Therapist, 2017
Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Certified by Nationwide Children's Hospital, 2017
Ohio State University, Master of Social Work, 2012
FBI, Cerified Employee Assistance Program Professional, 2002


Licensure

Ohio: I.1700189-SUPV

Idaho: 41119


Languages

English